Oxon Hill High School treats graduating seniors like star athletes (Photos)

Army-bound Oxon Hill High School seniors display checks representing the GI Bill money they earn for their post-Army education. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
Army-bound Oxon Hill High School seniors display checks representing the G.I. Bill money they earn for their post-Army education. (WTOP/Rich Johnson) (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
A wide view of the Oxon Hill High School auditorium. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
A wide view of the Oxon Hill High School auditorium. (WTOP/Rich Johnson) (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
A senior getting ready to fill in the name of the college she'll be attending. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
A senior getting ready to fill in the name of the college she’ll be attending. (WTOP/Rich Johnson) (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
A teacher wearing a shirt from her alma mater. Most teachers wore college gear. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
A teacher wearing a shirt from her alma mater. Most teachers wore college gear. (WTOP/Rich Johnson) (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
Logos from the 40+ schools and military branches that Oxon Hill grads will be attending. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
Logos from the 40+ schools and military branches that Oxon Hill grads will be attending. (WTOP/Rich Johnson) (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
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Army-bound Oxon Hill High School seniors display checks representing the GI Bill money they earn for their post-Army education. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
A wide view of the Oxon Hill High School auditorium. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
A senior getting ready to fill in the name of the college she'll be attending. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
A teacher wearing a shirt from her alma mater. Most teachers wore college gear. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)
Logos from the 40+ schools and military branches that Oxon Hill grads will be attending. (WTOP/Rich Johnson)

WASHINGTON — For years now, star high school athletes have enjoyed lots of attention on the days they announce their college choices.

One local educator decided to let every senior have that same fun.

“I am so, so proud of you guys,” Oxon Hill High School counselor Tiffany Jamison told seniors Monday at an assembly to celebrate the choices that most have made for life after high school.

“We will recognize [the seniors] on their decision and commitment,” said Jamison.

She said 345 Oxon Hill seniors have committed to about 45 different school — or the U.S. military.

Seven Army-bound seniors displayed checks ranging from $42,000 to more than $54,000 — money they’ll receive under the G.I. Bill for their educations after their military service.

One soon-to-be-grad who’s heading to the U.S. Navy received an enlistment pin from a local recruiter.

The seniors sat down front, while the juniors sat above and behind.

Jamison told them to take a good look at what awaits next year.

In an event filled with near-constant cheering, the louder roars came when the name of each senior was projected on a screen, along with the schools to which he or she had been accepted.

The cheers were loudest when a student’s choice was set in bold type — and when it was a nearby school.

But Oxon Hill students won’t be confined to just the D.C. area.

“You have students who will be going to California. You have student who will be going to the University of Maryland — College Park,” said Jamison as she wore her Bowie State University Alumni T-shirt.

“I’m a product of P.G. County public schools,” she proudly added.


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